The Current Affairs Committee is responsible for exploring the role of local and regional authorities in contributing to the Council of Europe’s core values with regard to the major challenges of society. It fulfils this function by working on thematic issues such as social cohesion, civil participation, including youth participation, integration of migrants, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, sustainable development, or selected anti-discrimination and human rights issues at local and regional levels. . Recently, new challenges have surfaced to which the Congress has reacted - in particular through its Current Affairs Committee - by elaborating guidance for coherent and effective policies for preventing radicalisation, for managing migration flows and for improving integration policies.

In the framework of its mandate, the Current Affairs Committee prepares reports, including resolutions and/or recommendations presented for adoption during the Congress sessions. It organises debates on topical challenges and developments and urgent situations and crises affecting local and regional authorities of Council of Europe member states, with a view to recommending concrete responses.

It may also propose activities to the Bureau for advancing local and regional democracy, in accordance with the priorities set by the Congress, and organise conferences, hearings and other events on matters related to its terms of reference and work programme.  Furthermore, it prepares Congress contributions to other Council of Europe activities that come within its competence.

In addition, related to its focus topics, the Committee regularly follows the activities of and maintains working relations with other relevant Council of Europe bodies, in particular subsidiary bodies of the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly.


Congress examines natural disaster responses by local and regional authorities during study visit to Türkiye

Current Affairs Committee 12 september 2023 Strasbourg, France

Following the devastating earthquakes of 6 February 2023, the Congress undertook a study visit to Türkiye from 6 to 8 September 2023, to inform a report on “local and regional responses to major crises”, notably aimed at identifying action to be taken before, during and following natural...

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Congress Current Affairs Committee Meeting : Human Trafficking; local media freedom and more…

Current Affairs Committee 29 June 2023 Strasbourg, France

The Current Affairs Committee held a meeting covering a variety of topical challenges for local and regional authorities, on 28 June 2023 in Strasbourg, France. Following communications by the Chair of the Committee, Thomas Andersson (Sweden, ILDG), and the Secretary General of the Congress,...

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For an effective governance at all levels of intercultural integration

Current Affairs Committee 4 may 2023 Strasbourg, France

Speaking at the 3rd Meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Intercultural Integration of Migrants (ADI-INT) which took place on 4 and 5 May 2023 in Strasbourg, the Chair of the Current Affairs Committee of the Congress, Thomas Andersson (Sweden, L, GILD), stressed the central role of cities...

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